Bangor closer to having TV station


Tomos Hughes


THE prospect of a local television station for Bangor has taken a step closer after Ofcom received a bid.

In 2011, the city was named among a list of sites eligible for a local TV station by the Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Now three years on, Liverpool-based bidder Bay TV has applied to broadcast locally in Bangor, announcing that it plans to broadcast a daily schedule of at least an hour of news a day, as well as features, sport, arts and university programmes.

If successful, they say the station could create 10 new jobs.

Bay TV Gwynedd states in its bid: “We believe that the operation of Bay TV Gwynedd as an L-DTPS station, in Bangor and surrounding areas, will see a step-change in the media offering to the area.

“The area will benefit from a TV station on which the local coverage is relevant to the audience it serves.

“Bay TV Gwynedd will not only feature news from the Bangor and Anglesey area in its bulletins, but will also stimulate debate and encourage local residents to engage in a dialogue on political and civic issues that affect them, their families and their communities.”

The bid states that the station could carry up to 30 minutes of first-showing Welsh language broadcasts per week, cover live events in the area as well as political debate in the run-up to elections.

In the application, it also states: “The character of our service will be the key to its survival and success.

“This is a television channel for Gwynedd and relevant to the wider North Wales area.

"Central to its character are lively coverage of news, sport and local life. There is therefore great incentive to maintain that character throughout the period of the licence.”

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